City and Borough of Sitka

Press Releases and Public Service Announcements

 

City and Borough of Sitka Assembly Ordinance Requiring Use of a Face Covering in Certain Indoor Settings and Providing a Penalty

07/30/2021

On July 30, 2021 the City and Borough of Sitka Assembly approved ordinance 2021-24 requiring use of a face covering in certain indoor settings and providing a penalty.

 

The following is required: All individuals must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are indoors in public settings or communal spaces outside the home.

 

The ordinance shall remain in effect until the risk level as defined by the Sitka Emergency operations Center is moderate during times before August 24, 2021, or at midnight on August 24, 2021, whichever occurs first. If the risk level is still high it will be on the Assembly agenda for possible renewal on August 24, 2021.

 

Click here to read details on the settings, employment requirements, exceptions, and enforcement policy.

 

October 5 Municipal Election Information

 09/09/2021

The Municipal Election is Tuesday, October 5.  Eligible voters may choose to vote using any of the options below. For candidate information, a sample ballot, and other election resources, visit http://www.cityofsitka.com/government/clerk/elections/index.html or contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 747-1811 or 747-1826.  

 

  • Absentee Voting by Mail: Voters may submit an application to receive a ballot by mail. Ballots will be mailed mid-September and must be returned to the Municipal Clerk’s Office before 5:00 p.m. on October 5 or be postmarked by October 5.
  • Advanced Voting In-Person: Voters may vote an early in-person ballot September 20 – October 4 at Harrigan Centennial Hall weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Enhanced protective measures, along with social distancing, will ensure safe polls for poll workers and voters. 
  • Voting by Fax: Voters may submit an application to vote by electronic transmission. Voted ballots by electronic transmission must be submitted according to the Municipal Clerk’s instructions and received no later than 8:00 p.m. on election day.
  • Voting by Personal Representative: Voters who are unable to vote in person due to age, serious illness, or disability, may have a personal representative pick up a ballot beginning September 20. Contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office for more information.
  • Election Day In-Person: Voters may vote in-person on Election Day at their respective precinct in Harrigan Centennial Hall. Polls will be open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Enhanced protective measures, along with social distancing, will ensure safe polls for poll workers and voters.

 

Partial Closure of Parking Lot at Harrigan Centennial Hall for Landscaping

09/14/2021

The City and Borough of Sitka staff and volunteers will be landscaping at Harrigan Centennial Hall and Sitka Public Library parking lots at 330 and 320 Harbor Drive on Friday, September 17 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Some areas of the parking lots may be closed during these times. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. Please contact the CBS Public Works Department with any questions. 907-747-1804.

 

CANCELLED – Coffee with the Administrator

09/14/2021

Due to the high number of COVID-19 positive cases, the September 21st City and Borough of Sitka's Coffee with the Administrator has been cancelled.

The next Coffee with the Administrator is tentatively scheduled for October 19th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. assuming COVID-19 positive cases decline to a safer level. Please continue to follow the updates from our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to learn what you can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

 

 

Sealing Cove Harbor Planned Electrical Outage

09/13/2021
The City and Borough of Sitka Electric Department is scheduling an outage to last at least 4 hours on September 15, 2021, at Sealing Cove Harbor to replace a transformer. Floats B, C, and D are expected to be without power, with additional floats that may experience a loss of power. The City and Borough of Sitka thanks our customers for their patience and understanding.

 

 

 

Parks and Recreation Committee

09/09/2021

The Parks and Recreation Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. in Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Drive. Agenda items include: Sitka Cycling Club Pump Track; Upper Moller Field Use; Lower Moller Field; Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan and Dogs on the ballfields. The meeting is open to the public.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and state health mandates encouraging residents to practice social distancing, and limit group gatherings, individuals that would like to participate by teleconference can contact jessica.earnshaw@cityofsitka.org or call 747-1826 by 10:00 a.m. the day of the meeting to obtain information to join the meeting.

 

 

Health Needs and Human Services Commission

09/09/2021

The Health Needs and Human Services Commission will meet on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom. Agenda items include: People of the Global Majority in Sitka 2021 Health Report, Election for Health Needs and Human Services Vice Chair, and discussions on possible Special meeting, lengthen meeting time, or create subcommittees. The meeting is open to the public.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and state health mandates encouraging residents to practice social distancing, and limit group gatherings, individuals that would like to participate by attending in person or videoconference can contact jessica.earnshaw@cityofsitka.org or call 747-1826 by 10:00 a.m. the day of the meeting to obtain information to join the meeting.

 

 

Planning Commission

09/09/2021

The Planning Commission will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.
More information on these agenda items can be found at https://sitka.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx or by contacting the Planning Office at 100 Lincoln Street.
Individuals having concerns or comments on any item are encouraged to provide written comments to the Planning Office or make comments at the Planning Commission meeting. Written comments may be dropped off at the Planning Office in City Hall, emailed to planning@cityofsitka.org, or faxed to (907) 747-6138. Those with questions may call (907) 747-1814.

 

 

 

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Alaska Housing Relief Program

09/08/2021

The Alaska Housing Relief Program through the Alaska Housing Financing Corporation has rent relief for Alaskans. New applications for rent relief are being accepted beginning September 13 for up to three months of assistance. Alaskans in need of rental assistance should check their eligibility and pre-register at www.AlaskaHousingRelief.org to begin the process.

 

 

Katlian Street in the 400 Block Closed Until Further Notice

09/07/2021

The City and Borough of Sitka Fire Department, Police Department, and Public Works closed the 300 to 500 Block of Katlian Street from pedestrian and vehicular traffic and will be closed until further notice due to a vacant home that has partially collapsed. Kaagwaantaan Street is a one-way street and not to be used as a bypass for the closed roadway. Please avoid the area and obey all project signage.

 

 

Property Tax Payment Options

09/03/2021

The City and Borough of Sitka accepts property tax payments by credit card, cash, or check. Payments may be made in-person at City Hall at 100 Lincoln Street between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by mailing to the same address, by calling 747-1818, or by paying online through www.xpressbillpay.com/. Please note that the City and Borough of Sitka does not have the option of autopay for payment of property tax.

 

 

Utility Cost Subsidization Program Opportunity

09/01/2021

The City and Borough of Sitka will accept applications for the 2021 Utility Cost Subsidization Program through October 31st. Applicants meeting certain criteria may be eligible for a subsidization of their municipal utility costs. The subsidization period shall be for one year, beginning January 2022. An appointment with the Finance Department may be required. Please click here to access an application and instructions, or you can pick up an application at the Utility Office on the 1st floor of City Hall. For more information, contact the Finance Department at 747-1859.

 

 

 

Peterson Street Open To Through Traffic

08/26/2021

Peterson Street is open to through traffic. Some construction activities on the Peterson Street Fish Passage between Edgecumbe Drive and Cascade Street will continue over the next two to three weeks with minimal impacts to traffic flow and no full road closures anticipated. 

We appreciate your continued patience throughout the construction of this project. Please contact the City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department with any questions at 907-747-1804.

 

 

 

Granite Creek Overburden Waste Disposal Site Transition

 08/20/21

A new public overburden waste disposal site within the Granite Creek Industrial Area (south side of Granite Creek Road) will officially open Wednesday, September 1, 2021. The new site will be operated by Marble Island, LLC. Signage will be posted on Granite Creek Road guiding users to the new site and instructions to users will be displayed at the check-in building. Large users will need to coordinate with Marble Island, LLC to use the new site in advance of its official opening on September 1.

For questions, contact Marble Island, LLC at 907-623-0760 or for general questions contact the City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department at 747-1804.

 

 

Construction on Critical Secondary Water Plant

08/20/2021

Construction on the Critical Secondary Water plant intake continues. Construction activities include rock excavation, blasting, and heavy machinery and trucking access. In order to safely construct the new intake structure, public access to Sawmill Creek in the Gary Paxton Industrial Park area upstream of the ADOT bridge will be closed through September 15. Please avoid the area and obey all project signage.  

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this timeframe. Please contact the City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department with any questions. 907-747-1804.